Thursday, April 12, 2012
The University of West Georgia is proud to announce that it will hold a dedication ceremony for the new Thomas B. Murphy State Capitol Office replica at Irvine S. Ingram Library on the UWG campus on Thursday, April 19. The event is free and open to the public.
The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at the Campus Center Ballroom with a dedication program, followed by a reception and tours of the Murphy Office at 3:30 p.m. at Ingram Library.
Speakers at the program will include state Rep. David Ralston, speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives; the Hon. Sonny Perdue, former governor of Georgia; the Hon. Roy Barnes, former governor of Georgia; state Rep. Calvin Smyre of Georgia House District 132 and the Hon. Michael L. Murphy, chief judge of the Tallapoosa Circuit of Georgia and son of Thomas B. Murphy.
The elder Murphy, who served 29 years as speaker of the House of Representatives in the Georgia General Assembly, donated his political papers and the memorabilia from his office to UWG in 2003, as he was retiring. University staff sorted through more than 1,500 items in assembling a replica office that was constructed as part of a major renovation of Ingram Library that was recently completed.
When he left office, Murphy had served continuously as speaker of a state house longer than any other individual in the nation’s recorded history. He died in 2007.
The ceremony will mark the official opening of the office, and is expected to draw dignitaries and friends from across the state, including current and former lawmakers and journalists. The dedication will include remarks from some of the dignitaries, as well as a video tribute to Murphy’s legacy.
Parking is available in The Coliseum lot with shuttle buses to the event beginning at 1 p.m.